The crowd chanted “Go, Joe Go!” as U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman took the stage at the Goodwin Hotel following his defeat in the Democratic primary against challenger Ned Lamont. Prior to news Lieberman would be coming out to speak to supporters the mood was somber. One woman holding a glass of wine in the restroom, looked in the mirror, laughed then said, “It’s all I can do to keep from crying.” When Lieberman took the stage he compared the race to a sports game. “As I see it in this campaign we just finished the first half,” which went to the Lamont Team, but the second half is going to see “Team Connecticut” surge “forward to victory,” Lieberman said. “Of course I’m disappointed by the results, but I’m not discouraged,” he said. “The old politics of partisan polarization won today.”
“People are fed up with petty partisanship,” he said. He said tomorrow he will file the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State to continue the campaign and “continue the new politics of unity and purpose.”“I will never hesitate to work with members of the other party if it helps me achieve solutions,” he added. “I promise I will always do what is right for the state and the country regardless of the consequences.” He made a plea to people who may be following the campaign from outside Connecticut: “If you’re fed up …go to my web site www.joe2006.com, when it’s unhacked.” Lieberman referred to allegations made by his campaign about the web site being down. Click here to see more on that issue. He asked people to send him their ideas through the web site and “don’t hesitate to make a campaign contribution,” he added.